KPI 11: Proportion of people with access to optimally fluoridated drinking water
Community water fluoridation is a safe strategy to improve oral health by reducing the risk of dental caries. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) found that water fluoridation reduces tooth decay by 26% to 44% in children and adolescents, and by 27% in adults (NHMRC 2017).
In 2017, the NHMRC estimated that around 89% of Australians have access to fluoridated drinking water. The proportion of people with access to fluoridated drinking water varies across Australia, from 99% in the Australian Capital Territory to 72% in Queensland.
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